Cycling Guides for Well-Wheeled Travel

Anticipating a visit to London or Paris or Antwerp? Like many cycling enthusiasts, you may be thinking about exploring on two wheels.  And you’re not alone. With the cycling boom in cities around the world, pedaling is more often part of the urban travel and tourism picture.

To help navigate, the British apparel maker Rapha is launching a series of “locally informed” guides to bike-happy European cities. Eight guides, produced in collaboration with Thames & Hudson and the design-writing twosome Andre Edwards and Max Leonard, will be written and illustrated by different authors and illustrators to give each a unique flavor.

Sized in a jersey-pocket-friendly format for maximum portability, the guides will include maps, suggested routes and recommendations for sights and refueling along the way — all from a fun, insider point of view. The cities include:

• Amsterdam
• Antwerp/ Ghent
• Barcelona
• Berlin
• Copenhagen
• London
• Milan
• Paris

Check here for a preview of the London guide (illustration above). The set, packed in an exclusive slipcase, is due out in October with a retail price TBD.

With the growing bike-centricity of urban centers here, can a North American series be far behind?

Pro tip: For bicycle route planning  in the Big Apple, we like Where to Bike: New York City. J.P. Partland’s comprehensive guide details 58 rides throughout the five boroughs. Read our review

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